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Halifax County man mum about connection to fires

Public records show a Halifax County man profited from multiple deaths and suspicious fires across several North Carolina counties in the past eight years. The victims' families say his connection to those events is no coincidence.

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ENFIELD, N.C. — A Halifax County man with connections to multiple deaths and suspicious fires across several North Carolina counties kept his counsel Wednesday when confronted at the Pitt County courthouse.

WRAL News has asked Dennis Carter to share his side of the story of how he came to profit from the deaths of two women to whom he is otherwise unrelated.

Carter was in court on fraud and theft charges, but he and his attorney had nothing to say to reporters despite being given multiple chances to respond.

Although he was married, Carter had relationships with two women who ended up shot to death, 38-year-old Glinda Pulley and 29-year-old Crystal Bell. He was named in the insurance policies and wills of both, to the surprise of their families. 

A private investigator working for one of the victim’s families found that Carter, a home builder, was also linked to a series of suspicious fires and insurance claims.

Pulley's case is closed. The State Bureau of Investigation determined that her 10-year-old son shot her then killed himself. Family members don't accept that explanation.

Bell's murder is still unsolved.

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